Nigeria’s 5-time Olympian and 2-time Olympic bronze medalist, Chief Mary Onyali-Omagbemi has been appionted Vice President African Athletics Confederation (AAC) Athlete’s Commission.
This was made known by the CAA Secretary, Lamine Faty. According to him,
“The President of the AAC has chosen you for many objective reasons to lead the destiny of this important commission”.
Chief Mary Onyali-Omagbemi is set to work with Kenyan’s 800m double Olympic medalist, David Rudisha who is appionted the President of the Athletes’ Commission.
Together they will serve as advocate for athletes, raising any issue with the confederation and protect the interest of African athletes.
Mary Onyali as she’s fondly known, is a force to reckon with in Nigeria and indeed Africa.
She has won several medals internationally for Nigeria and this include a whooping amount of 7 individial medals at the All-Africa Games. Chief Mary specializes in the short sprints and was a member of the 4x100m relay team that won a bronze medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics and in the 200m at the 1996 Olympics Games.
Speaking to ‘Athletic Heat’ after her appiontment. She said, “I’m obviously excited and honored to have been chosen to be of service to Africa, our continent in this capacity”
It’s a well deserved position for the African Record Holder who has been actively involved in the development of Track and Field in Nigeria in recent years. She was recently unveiled as Heritage Bank Ambassador for the Skoolympics Games, a mini Olympic-style competition for Secondary school students in Lagos state. She also sits on the Nigeria Olympic Fund board as the Executive Director (Technical).
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